My saga, looking for your counsel.
I just had my first day skiing with the new boots, and fear has set in, go figure. I am 6'4" tall and come in at a 235#. My foot measures 29 on Brannock and C/D width. I purchased shell size 28. Shell fit with toes at all the way forward is 11.3 mm measured with ptex candle and digital caliper. Width is just touching with foot centered. My arch is long and un-remarkable otherwise, my experience tells me that instep is medium to high. Heal ankles and leg thin not sure if they are the chicken variety. Foot bed was swapped out for trim to fit DFP size 10. Right foot has always been the challenge, in that left has been the easy foot to find comfort. Boots felt snug all over with no hot-spots or other major challenges in shop other than getting in and out of them.
Spent the day at Holiday Valley W. NY. Outdoor temps 8F at 1:30PM. Skied well for me. I signed up for a group lesson, and ended up in a private as their were no other takers in the advanced group. He watched me ski a blue. Then we headed to black were we did pivot slips, falling leafs, picture frame drills. then medium and short radius turns with railroad tracks on the run outs. We talked about long leg short leg, BTE, LTE, hands etc...My stated goal was to help me find my center and I was pleased.
The Boots- I was expecting a few days of discomfort as I wear them in and that is what I got on the hill. Top buckle snug, second buckle very snug, arch buckle loose or off, toe buckle loose or off. While skiing I felt pressure under big toe ball of foot on right foot some on left as well but not so much. I felt like my toes were cramped side to side and over the roof left and right. Some tingly numbness going on in toes, blew it off as first day stuff and it was a pretty cold day.
Back in the lodge, Boots are a bitch to get off, let them come to temp for maybe 30 minutes before even attempting. Get them off with some bite and coaxing. Take off my ski socks and look at my feet and Holy Shit my foot is white from the instep forward, toes appear to be stuck together. I rub them and they are cold to the touch like a glass of ice water would feel. No feeling. Ruh Roh not good. Slip on warm dry heavy socks and try to get them warm. My head is spinning. I work on my feet. What have I done? How will I pay the bills? Is this covered under insurance? Will I lose my toes? Google frost bite read a few tidbits NAH... settle my nerves. After what felt like an eternity, I muster up the nerve to take off the socks, and look again, as I sit there wondering if I should ask for assistance, the socks come off, feet still feel cold to the touch but the color appears to be getting better, I literally watch the pink migrating from back to front. That's a good sign. Warm dry socks back on. I think lets get that circulation going and pace about the lodge till my son gets off the hill. Check a few times, warmth returns. I feel less alarmed.
3 Hour drive home foot color is OK. Feeling is much is better, Still a little tingly in the toe tips. Pop a few aleve, warm shower and off to bed.
Wake up this morning, still tingly in the tips. Left foot also aka "the good foot" is the swollen, I call it adema, Push on the puffy part top of foot and leave a dimple impression. NO PAIN. No discoloration, blisters, etc...
The big question for the Boot Guys... Now what?